We introduce briefly the product cross laminated timber (CLT) and outline the development and basics of this European engineered timber product, innovated to be used as large-sized stand-alone structural element for load-bearing purposes. The main focus of our contribution is to present and discuss properties of side face bonded homogeneous CLT made of Norway spruce. A strength class system and corresponding characteristic properties of CLT exposed to loads in- and out-of plane are presented. Background documents are referenced. In view of a concerted standardization system the characteristic properties are linked with adequate test configurations and reference dimensions of the base material and the product itself. The concertation of product properties, reference dimensions & conditions with adequate test configurations is a prerequisite and the basis for harmonization and international standardization of this innovative timber product of meanwhile global interest. Final remarks and an outlook conclude this contribution.
|Title of host publication||Cross laminated Timber – a competitive wood product for visionary and fire safe buildings: Joint Conference of COST Actions FP1402 and FP1404|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|